TGIF again, and it's time to participate in the Adventure of Motherhood's Feed Me Books Fridays. This time I've been challenged to talk about children's books about love.
What I Would Pick: Because Your Daddy Loves You, by Andrew Clements. I don't know the story of the dad in this book – is he a single dad? Just taking a weekday or a weekend off of work to spend with his young daughter? Maybe he's a stay-at-home dad? Regardless, I like this father and the story of how doing mundance, unexceptional acts of parenting models an unconditional and strong loving relationship with his daughter. The gist of the story is that a little girl (I imagine that she's about three years old) and her dad spend a day together by taking a trip to the beach, and as the story unfolds, we learn that it's not taking his kid to the beach that makes him a good dad – it's more about how he wipes the melted ice cream off of her dirty hands, gives her a bath when they get home, tucks her in bed at night, and so on. We've had this book for awhile, since Madeline was two, and I picked it expressly because it was about a father and a little girl like her.
What Madeline Might Pick: My 5.5 year old had some difficultly deciding how to answer the question, "What is your favourite book about love?", but we read the book Broken Bird by Michael Broad the next night. It's about two birds who are a little unique among their species and are ostracized because of their differences, but meet by chance and fall in love. Madeline really enjoyed discovering the loving relationships developing in the background of the illustrations, with little spiders, rats, and assorted small critters, and following them from page to page.